Throughout the summer, Lynnfield resident Cameron Drugan has been running a donation drive to support Dana Farber's Toys for Special Kids With Cancer campaign.
Drugan is currently a life scout with Troop 48 in Lynnfield and is undertaking this effort for his eagle scout service project. He is a junior at Lynnfield High School. Along with doing his eagle service project, he is also collecting the donations in memory of his aunt Anne, who was a cancer victim.
The donation drive seeks a wide variety of items, from things like playing cards and makeup to electronic devices. Other items one can donate include art supplies, toys, gift cards, games, cosmetics and cooking class items such as mixing bowls and aprons. However, donors are asked not to drop off books or stuffed animals for this particular drive. All items are also requested to be new.
Drugan has been doing the project since early this summer and went to Boston in June and July to drop off donated items.
"I'm just really glad that so many people have donated as much as they have," Drugan told Lynnfield Patch.
At the age of 17, Drugan has already played a hand in a number of volunteer efforts around town. For example, he built a fence and installed irrigation for the vegetable garden at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, he did documentation and categorizing for the History of Lynnfield Stories Project, and he has done volunteer work for the fire department, historical society, veterans association, high school and at least three other churches in town.
Since 2008, he has also volunteered in numerous other projects to clear trails and brush, clean historic gravestones, work at a local food pantry and collect care package items for soldiers serving in Iraq - and more.
After graduation from LHS in 2013, Drugan's ambition is to attend the U.S. Naval Academy to major in history and minor in engineering. From there, he hopes to become an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.